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Shoptalk: Vermiculated Work

2014-06-19 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term:
vermiculated work

Definition:
an ornamental masonry finish with irregularly shaped, discontinuous grooves giving a worm-eaten appearance; primarily used as quoins and in base courses (Sources: Harris, Cyril M., Dictionary of Architecture & Construction, Second Edition, 1993; International Text Book Company, International Library of Technology 31D, 1923)

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Vermiculated Work Sample

Treanor Historic Preservation Staff to Make International Presentation

2014-06-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

ASTM STP Mastheads

Julia Mathias Manglitz, AIA, and K. Vance Kelley, AIA, both of Treanor Architects, will present their technical paper, “Success and Failure in Applying ASTM Standards to the Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Historic Masonry Structures–A Case Study,” at ASTM International’s Symposium on Masonry 2014 in Toronto, Canada later this month.

The paper, co-authored with and Mark Hodges, PE, of Dudley Williams Associates, presents a case study to demonstrate the applicability of ASTM standards during the evaluation and rehabilitation of historic masonry. The case study focuses on the evaluation and repair of an existing structure, Fort Leavenworth’s Grant Hall (Building 52) Clock Tower, and the challenges of applying materials standards and specifications that were developed primarily for new construction.

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Shoptalk: Pressed Tin Ceiling

2014-06-11 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term:
pressed tin ceiling

Definition:
a tin ceiling comprised of stamped or pressed sheet metal tiles; popular between 1880 and 1930 when they were mass produced; used in lieu of elaborate decorative plaster ceilings

Pressed tin ceilings are durable, long lasting and easy to install. If pieces are missing or are heavily damaged, the pressed tin ceilings can also be relatively easy to restore if the same company that originally produced the ceiling tiles is still in business. W.F. Norman is a pressed tin company native to Missouri that still uses its original dies from 1898! Watch this video to learn more about the pressed tin industry and process of stamping ceiling tiles

Examples:
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Kansas Statehouse Recreated with Cans at Topeka CANstruction

2014-06-06 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor Architects participated in the inaugural Topeka Canstruction competition on Saturday, May 31.

Special thanks to our project leaders, Ian Pitts (left) and Andrew Oliver (right). Good job!Special thanks to our project leaders, Ian Pitts (left) and Andrew Oliver (right). Good job!

Shoptalk: Prism(atic) Glass Tile

2014-06-04 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term:
prism glass tile

Definition:
an architectural glass tile, typically about 4”x4” in size, that redirects natural daylight through reflection and refraction into a building

Prism glass tiles became popular after they were patented and first commercially produced by the Luxfer Prism Company starting in 1897. They were particularly popular in transom windows above storefronts along main streets with structure similar to a stained glass window using zinc came and lead solder joints to hold the glass tiles together.

Today, preservationists struggle to save these transoms. Prism glass tiles are no longer produced, making it difficult to properly restore missing tiles. Additionally, these transoms face a similar battle that many stained glass windows face. Without proper care and maintenance throughout the lifespan of an exterior leaded glass window, it can fall into extensive disrepair making restoration all the more difficult and quite pricey.

Want to learn more about prism glass? The Historic Prism Glass Companies of the United States is a fantastic resource outlining its many uses throughout the years. The National Park Service’s Preservation Tech Note on “Repair and Reproduction of Prismatic Glass Transoms” is also a great resource.

Examples:
leaded prism glass clerestory

MJ Funk “New York Store” leaded prism glass clerestory discovered intact after over two decades of being covered during a recent condition assessment.

leaded prism glass

Close up of leaded prism glass discovered at the MJ Funk “New York Store” in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Shoptalk: Grotesque

2014-05-29 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term:
grotesque

Definition:
sculptured or painted ornament involving fanciful distortions of human and animal forms, sometimes combined with plant motifs, especially a variety of arabesque which has no counterpart in nature (Source: Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, 1977.)

Examples:
Adair Co. Courthouse Carved Grotesque

Example of a grotesque carving on the Adair County Courthouse.

Kansas Statehouse Painted Grotesque

Example of painted grotesque in the State Library of Kansas at the Kansas Statehouse.

How far will we go for preservation?

2014-05-23 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Around the world! Vance Kelley, Treanor Preservation principal, travelled to Florence, Italy this summer just to see the Duomo. Okay, we admit he went to Italy for many reasons, but he did see the Duomo. He proved it to us with a photo that made us all jealous.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, also called Il Duomo di Firenze, is part of the Historic Centre of Florence UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and is the main church of Florence. Construction on the Gothic cathedral, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, began in 1296 and was completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. Until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.

Vance Kelley representing Treanor Architects with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.Vance Kelley representing Treanor Architects with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.

Shoptalk: Repointing vs Tuck Pointing

2014-05-21 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Two for the price of one today. The term “tuck pointing” is often used when the appropriate term for the topic at hand is “repointing.” Let’s look at the difference.

Term:
repointing

Definition:
repairing existing masonry joints by removing defective mortar and installing new mortar (source: Bucher, Ward. Dictionary of Building Preservation. Preservation Press, 1996.)

Term:
tuck pointing

Definition:
a type of mortar joint profile using two mortar colors to simulate narrow masonry joints; the first color mortar stopping matches the brick or stone and is installed with a flush joint; the second color mortar is typically installed with a raised joint in a tuck groove cut into the first color mortar (source: Bucher, Ward. Dictionary of Building Preservation. Preservation Press, 1996.)

Examples:

Tuck pointing demonstration

Tuck pointing demonstration by Gerard Lynch a.k.a. "The Red Mason" at the APT Conference Workshop "Traditional Masonry Practice and New Approaches to Preservation Education" on October 4, 2012, at the American College of the Building Arts.

Prepped joint

A joint prepared for repointing.

Mortar joints after repointing

Mortar joints after repointing.

Shoptalk: Dutchman

2014-05-14 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term: 
Dutchman

Definition: 
graft repair typically done to stone; removes deteriorated or damaged material and replaces it with new material; requires skill in fitting the piece as well as finishing it to blend it into the remaining stone

Examples: 
Below is a sequence of construction photos showing the progression of a Dutchman repair.

Before Dutchman repair.Before Dutchman repair.
During Dutchman repair.During Dutchman repair.
After Dutchman repair.After Dutchman repair.

Kansas Statehouse Preservation Wins KPA Award

2014-05-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

On Friday, May 9, the multi-phase, multi-year preservation and restoration of the Kansas Statehousewas honored by the Kansas Preservation Alliance with the Medallion Award for Rehabiltation. 

Statehouse Architect Barry Greis accepts the Medallion Award surrounded by KPA Board members and the Treanor design team.Statehouse Architect Barry Greis accepts the Medallion Award surrounded by KPA Board members and the Treanor design team.
Kansas Statehouse after restoration.Kansas Statehouse after restoration.